Thomson Community School 2016 Powwow

Thomson Community School
2016 Powwow
Thursday, June 16th, 2016
10:45 am to 2:45 pm
2033 Toronto St.
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Grand Entry at 11am. The celebration will begin with an Intertribal dance and back to back Powwow competitions. All categories are open to junior/teens and adults. Winners will be awarded cash prizes, $50 for first place, $30 for second and $20.00 for third. Thank you to Heritage Canada and Thomson parents/caregivers for enabling us to hold this event!
Categories are: Fancy, Traditional, Grass, Chicken, and Jingle for teens and adults.

If you have any questions or would like to register to dance call Thomson School at 306-791-8276 or contact Terrance Littletent at terrance-littleten@rbe.sk.ca

Invited Drums only due to financial constraints.

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Coming up...

Please check out our June calendar for all events!

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 Monday, May 30 - SOAR Assembly @ 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 31 - School Track Meet + BBQ / Canteen

Wednesday, June 15 - Douglas Park Track Day & Junior Play Day

Friday, June 17 - PD Day - no school for students

Wednesday, June 22 - Last day for Pre-K students

Thursday, June 23 - Senior students to IPSCO

Tuesday, June 28 - Grade 8 Farewell @ 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 29 - Last day for K-8 students (2:30 p.m. dismissal)

Pre-Kindergarten Registration

Is your child a candidate for Pre-Kindergarten? We would love to welcome them to Dr. George Ferguson School!

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Regina Public Schools welcomes Pre-Kindergarten students who are three and four years old.

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Education's Prekindergarten Program is a developmentally-appropriate early childhood education program for three and four year old children.  Space is limited and children who would benefit most from enhanced programming are prioritized for enrolment. Information about Pre-Kindergarten in Regina Public Schools can be found here.

The half-day program has a qualified teacher who provides play-based programming for 16 children for 10 months of the year.  Programming focuses on holistic child development: social-emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual development.

Click here to download the Pre-Kindergarten application form.

Please note, if you are new to Canada, or not a Canadian Citizen, please contact the Regina Newcomer Centre before registering any new student.

Kindergarten Registration

Is your child ready for Kindergarten? We would love to welcome them to Dr. George Ferguson School!

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Regina Public Schools welcomes new Kindergarten students who will be five years of age or older on December 31st of the year they register. Download the registration form here.

Please note, if you are new to Canada, or not a Canadian Citizen, please contact the Regina Newcomer Centre before registering any new student.

Let's Keep Healthy!

Regina Public Schools reminds all parents and guardians to keep students who are ill, or not feeling well, at home. Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region recommends that any students demonstrating signs of flu should stay home for a full seven days.

If you have any questions, please contact your school principal, Mrs. Nenson-Catley.

Update from the Board: Grade 1 Transportation (2016-2017)

Grade 1 Transportation for the 2016-2017 School Year

Regina Public Schools, effective with the 2016-17 school year, will be changing its transportation procedures for Grade 1 students. You will have been contacted directly by letter if this change applies to your family. If you did not receive a letter, but think this applies to you, please contact your school principal.
 
Here are some of the details of the changes, for your information. Starting with the 2016-17 school year, only Grade 1 students who reside or whose caregivers reside more than 1,200 metres from their designated school will be eligible for transportation. This is a change from previous years where the distance from school requirement was 600 metres.

Transportation eligibility is based on Regina Public Schools Administrative Procedure and guidelines, as outlined below:

 

Eligibility for Regular Program transportation includes the following:

a. Students must reside inside the transportation services area for the designated school,

b. Students must be enrolled and attending their designated school,

c. Kindergarten students who reside 0.6 km or farther from the designated elementary school are eligible for transportation,

d. Other elementary school students who reside 1.2 km or farther from the designated elementary school are eligible for transportation.

 

Please be aware, however, that students may be eligible for an exception for transportation based on the guidelines listed below.

a. Exceptions may be permitted on Regular Program school buses but not on Regular Program light vehicle transportation (cabs, vans),

b. Exceptions may be permitted for students attending their designated school only if,

  • The existing stop is more than 1,000 metres from the designated school,
  • The student walks to an existing stop and there is room available on the school bus, and
  • The student is in grade 1 to grade 5.

Exceptions will only be granted if doing so will not affect the safety, economy or efficiency of the transportation service.

 
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your principal.

Transportation of Students in Cold Weather

If the wind chill is –45C or higher at 7:00 am, all student transportation will be cancelled.

If the wind chill is –40C or higher at 7:00 am, transportation for students requiring vehicles equipped with lifts (such as, students in wheelchairs) will be cancelled.

Of note, Regina Catholic Schools follows the same procedure.

Principals will be notified via email.  Parents/guardians and students will be notified through the School Connects Synervoice System, as well through radio, TV, and RPS social media (Twitter, etc.).

 

Early Years Family Centre - May Update

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May 2016 at the Early Years Family Centre

Click here to read the update.

Visit the EYFC on Facebook, Twitter (@ReginaEYFC) or on their Webpage.

 

 

 

The Ferguson Community

School Demographics

Dr. George Ferguson School was opened in 1968. The Glencairn Community was a new and thriving suburb that resulted in a vibrant school that was a hub of activity. The school continues to be a centre for many activities. Currently the school population is about 280 students in regular and special needs classrooms.  A board decision to discontinue the busing of EAL students out of the Dr. George Ferguson catchment area has resulted in a significant increase in the student population. The multi-family housing units within the community are home to many of our EAL children as well as children coming from a less advantaged economic base. Our families are culturally diverse and the school population continues to grow in diversity. We have a significant number of Aboriginal, Asian and African students. This year we have 30 kindergarten students and therefore we have two classes of kindergarten. Our Discovery Pre-School and full-time Pre-Kindergarten program has a full complement of students which promises for a strong student base in years to come.  Our special needs students are transported to Ferguson school.   We currently are running seven lunchrooms on a daily basis.

School Programs and Services

The staff of Dr. George Ferguson recognizes the importance of examining diversity issues, ethnic considerations and inclusive practices with regard to our EAL students as well as the three congregated programs attached to our school.  Dr. George Ferguson School has 11 classrooms in Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 8.  Our special needs classrooms include a senior and junior Functional Integrated Academic Program.  

Instruction and School Services personnel share responsibility in supporting the strategic plan of Dr. George Ferguson School.  We offer the array of supports, services, and programs available in all Regina Public Schools - Learning Resource, Educational Psychologist, School Counsellor, Speech-language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, and school based Instructional Consultants. Our Program Specialists, Educational assistants, School Resource Officer and Public Health Nurse also serve to provide their expertise to the school community.

Dr. George Ferguson School promotes high academic achievement and the pursuit of life-long learning within a safe and caring environment. We continually strive to improve academic standings through the establishment of yearly goals developed by the staff and in consultation with our SCC.

Dr. George Ferguson School offers a full range of curricular and extracurricular activities. We have a strong arts education program with a drawing club, drama club, and a band program. The athletic program offers interschool teams in volleyball, basketball, cross country running, track & field, and co-ed softball. We have a student run Safety Patrol. Our Ferguson Student Representative Council plans additional activities over the course of the year.  In addition to the Fluoride program and muffin program, Dr. George Ferguson School has been approved for a Food for Learning Nutrition Grant for the 2014 - 2015 school year.  This will help to ensure that all students attend school well-nourished and ready to learn as we recognize that the well-being of our young population starts with good food and a good education.

School Governance Structure

Our school has a history of positive parent involvement. This positive involvement continued as we changed from a Parent Association to a School Community Council.  A constitution has been developed using the new standards as set forth by The Ministry of Education.  The School Community Council, elected annually, consists of 10 parents/guardians, the Principal, Vice-Principal and two teacher representatives.  This year the SCC is hoping to increase parental involvement, responsibility and to help broaden the base of the value of parental influence on our learning plan.  The focus will be to help the SCC become involved in the learning agenda and understand their role in supporting our Learning Improvement Plan.

 

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